Thursday, January 28, 2010

Toyota Recall

I am having a rough time with this recall. When it first came out the thoughts were there but eh, no it couldn't of been the cause of my FIL's accident. Then the recall was widened. Now, they have suspended sales of the vehicles involved. No matter if his accident was related to his accelerator sticking... he was still killed and is no longer here. Even if his accelerator stuck he has some fault in the accident if he chose to turn instead of continue straight or veer off the road ahead past into the field. So no matter... he still had a lapse in judgment on how to handle the situation. Or did he? We don't know what he saw in front of him.

Toyota says that it is "more likely to occur with wear and tear" but that it is not certain that the vehicle has been driven for awhile. He had a 2010 Camry for less than 90 days when his accident occurred.

I just hate that every time I hear or read something about the recall I start obsessing. I don't know if I will be able to let it go but I guess I am going to be avoiding the radio today. I need to let it go but I don't know how.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Salad Challenge Final Recap

First three salads were posted here .

Wednesday ended up being a Carnitas Salad from Chipotle but I had corn salsa instead of tomato salsa that day.

Thursday I ended up not eating a salad because I wasn't feeling great.

Friday (01/15) I had a salad of mixed greens with some ground beef and onions on top, some cheddar cheese, a bit of sour cream, and some crushed tortilla chips. My stomach was not feeling all that steady so I didn't use any taco seasoning on my salad. My DH had the ground beef and onions with salsa added to top his salad.

Saturday I skipped out on a salad again due to not feeling so well.

Sunday I had Jason's Deli Marinated Chicken Salad - mixed greens, purple cabbage, 4 cherry tomatoes, some cheddar cheese on some chicken, guacamole, and some crushed tortilla chips on top

Monday (01/18)
Salad with 1 slice deli ham, 1 slice deli chicken, .5 oz swiss cheese, .3 cup purple cabbage, 2 cups mixed greens, 1 serving of crispy onions, .5 cup cucumber, 1 serving of Bountifuls dressing

Salad with 1.5 cups of mixed greens, .3 cup of purple cabbage, 2 servings of croutons, 1 slice of deli ham, 3/4 of a slice of provolone, 3/4 cup of coleslaw, water

Salad with 1.5 cups mixed greens, .3 cup purple cabbage, 3/4 cup coleslaw, 2 slices deli ham, 1 slice provolone cheese,.5 cup cucumber, 2 tbls crispy onions, 2 tbls slivered almonds, toasted,

salad with 1.5 cup mixed salad greens, .5 cup purple cabbage, .3 cup cucumber, 1 slice deli ham, half of a small orange, 1.5 servings of crispy onions,

Salad with mixed greens, 1 slice of provolone cheese, 1 serving of crispy onions, .3 cup purple cabbage,.5 cup of cucumber, 1.5 tbls of hearty Italian dressing

Was a simple salad with iceberg lettuce, croutons, carrots, purple cabbage, and balsamic dressing. I forgot to bring cheese to my MIL so I didn't have a protein on this salad.

I had the Chicken Bruschetta Salad from a local restaurant. It had mixed greens, purple cabbage, tomato/onion bruschetta topping, parma cheese, chicken, and garlic toasts.

I was going to add two days to the end of the challenge and I ended up eating a small salad yesterday for lunch but it didn't meet the "rules". Tonight I will have a side salad with soup for dinner so that will be 14 salads with the break only for those days that I felt super nasty so overall a success.

Thanks Leng for hosting.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Mmm... Salad!

I joined a Salad Challenge that started on Sunday. The rules are fairly simple, eat a salad everyday for two weeks that contains at least:

* 2 cups of greens

* an vegetable of another color

* a protein

* a carb (like croutons, rice, etc)

* One additional item that can be a repeat of the ones above

My salads so far:

1 extra large handful of spring mix, 1 serving of garlic crispy onions, .5 oz swiss cheese, 5 baby carrots chopped, 1/4 cup of cauliflower, 1/2 cup of cucumber, 2 tbls of hearty italian bountifuls dressing, 2 slices of roast beef lunchmeat

Chipotle Carnitas salad with extra mixed greens added, cheese, mild salsa, black beans, grilled peppers and onions, guacamole, tortilla chips crushed up, 1 sip of cherry pepsi, water

Stirfry salad–2.5 cups spring mix, 1.25 servings of chicken stirfry (chicken, peapods, broccoli, broccoli slaw, carrots, onions), .25 cup toasted almonds, 2 tbls steamed white rice, water

Tonights salad will be taco salad with ground beef, carrots, corn, onions, corn chips, cheddar cheese, and sour cream. I may break out the guacamole tonight as well. I might add black beans to the mix as well.

What I have learned so far is that I really don't like spring mix that much but I can mix it with other lettuces to finish it up for now. I may buy it again when it is on sale.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Endo Appointment

So I met with the new endo last week. The nurse forgot to order the a1c and the insulin tests when I called for blood work but the numbers that he saw just indicated PCOS. He doesn't believe that I am ovulating with the LH and FSH numbers that have. Of course the ever hopeful part of me says the blood work was done on CD13... maybe that was a huge LH surge. My LH was 12.7 and my FSH was 4.1 Definitely a 3:1 ratio. He was a bit uncomfortable talking about the hormones but seemed ok with telling me that he thinks my ob/gyn is not giving me a chance. He doesn't feel that there is anything, other than the HBP which can be controlled with meds, in my history to prevent me from having a healthy pregnancy. He thinks that clomid might work but I am just not sure about that. I know that woman with PCOS get pregnant with help. At the same time though, most of those cases are with injections. Am I mistaken? Right now I am just confused. I am over due for a pap and ultrasound but I am not sure if I should go back to my reg ob/gyn or go to the one that he referred me to. What I do know is that at my current weight, I don't feel comfortable being pregnant. I realize that is kind of goofy but I know how I physically feel and then to add the discomfort of pregnancy... ya, no. So DH and I talked, if I can get to my goal by July then we will start the process of getting him tested again and actually talk to the doctor about his count.

On the weight loss front, he was encouraged by my 13lbs lost since July 1st. I know it seems pitiful but it is progress especially for someone with an insulin level as high as mine was. He wants me to basically follow phase 2 of Atkins and eat only 3 times a day. Both of these are difficult for me but I have started tracking my carbs. I am allowing a lot more than Atkins would but it is a start. I track my food over here

Thursday, January 07, 2010

Links and Things...

One of these days I will share what the doctor said... just not today

Talk about distracted driving... are they serious?

This story has me freaked out even more about trucks. Forget the fact that it happened right around the corner...

And on a happy note, well sort of, I am excited to see this movie when/if it gets finished. Good book if you are looking for something a bit more than a chick lit read

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Long awaited day...

Today I have waited 5 months to get to the endo who I was supposed to follow up with in July. Depending on how this appointment goes and whether or not I have to wait an extended time to follow up again, I may be changing drs again. I hate starting over and even though this is with the same practice it is a new doctor to me. One I made the decision not to see originally in favor of my much admired, young, female, endocrinologist. Alas, she decided it was important to move back to St Louis with her husband. :( I hope that this appointment goes well. I don't have much improvement on the weightloss front so who knows what he is going to say.

Ugh... PCOS sucks.